What is sign.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the sign.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Sign.exe file information

The process known as SignWorkaround (version 21) appears to belong to software SignWorkaround (version 21) by ECCKZ.

Description: Sign.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Sign.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 2,579,874 bytes. 
You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 78% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with sign.exe, you can also uninstall SignWorkaround 21 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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If sign.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 435,200 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is a file with no information about its developer. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run). The sign.exe file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as sign.exe. Therefore, you should check the sign.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving sign issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sign. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the sign.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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